PATRICK deWITT reads from his new novel FRENCH EXIT

French Exit (Ecco)

Every novel from Patrick deWitt takes his extraordinary talents in a new direction. From his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers, a picaresque western set during the Gold Rush, to the “askew masterpiece” (Booklist, starred review) that is the wholly reinvented fairytale Undermajordomo Minor, “deWitt’s imagination... is a forceful train that ignores the usual tracks” (New York Times). DeWitt’s new novel, French Exit, is no exception. A witty and poignant “tragedy of manners,” set in New York and Paris, it is an at-once wicked lampooning of high society and a far-flung mother-son caper that is surprising and entertaining at every turn.

“All good things must end,” said Frances Price. The once-moneyed, striking woman of sixty-five years, finds herself in dire financial straits after the scandalous death of her husband, a much-feared litigator and widely-hated cad. A possessive mother, Frances has an ineffectual and dependent thirty-year- old son, Malcolm, who is little help in a crisis. Rounding out the eccentric household is Small Frank, the aging cat, in whom Frances swears her late husband’s spirit has taken up residence. Finding themselves impoverished social outcasts in the Big Apple, the family heads for the City of Lights in search of a new beginning. But self-destruction and ruin follow them to France—to often riotous effect. A bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic, an oenophile doctor, a demented expat, and an aggressive houseguest all become catalysts in the Prices’ offbeat adventure.

“Patrick deWitt novels don’t sneak up on you; they’re the kind you love instantly,” says BookPage. Hilarious, off-kilter, and utterly unpredictable, French Exit is deWitt at his best.

Praise for French Exit

“DeWitt’s facility with point of view and narrative style is astounding… [A]master craftsman…As I read, I kept thinking how grateful I am to writers who can make me laugh.”— Boston Globe

Patrick deWitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Ablutions: Notes for a Novel, as well as the novels Undermajordomo Minor and The Sisters Brothers, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Born in British Columbia, Canada, he has also lived in California and Washington, and now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Photo by Danny Palmerlee

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062846921
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

The Sisters Brothers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco - February 14th, 2012

Undermajordomo Minor: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062281227
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Published: Ecco - June 21st, 2016

Ablutions: Notes for a Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547335711
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Published: Mariner Books - April 8th, 2010